Teaching Artists

Alban  Dennis

Alban Dennis has been teaching at SCT for 19 years now and has served as director/co-director of the Young Actor Institute for over 10 years.  He graduated from the University of Washington’s School of Drama’s Professional Actor Training Program in 1993 and has been seen on stage locally at the Seattle Repertory Theatre, ACT Theatre, Intiman Theatre, Seattle Children’s Theatre, Seattle Shakespeare Company, Village Theatre,  and The Bathhouse Theatre as well as regional theatres like the Huntington Theatre in Boston and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. His favorite teaching gigs here at SCT have been YAI, of course, and Advanced Training Intensive, which he has taught for a number of years.  He is constantly amazed by the courage and creativity of young people and is so thankful to SCT for making opportunities possible for everyone, including for his own family.

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Alex Ung has been teaching and dancing since his early years of high school. His style varies from crew style hip hop, to contemporary jazz, to Broadway, and even contemporary ballet. His choreography has won regional competitions and has been show stopping pieces that audiences talk about years after. He’s taught at several studios and a wide range of classes including boys’ hip hop, jazz fusion, contemporary, and musical theatre. His teaching career has led him to become the head coach of the competitive dance team, the main teacher of hip hop and jazz, and the resident choreographer for Olympic Performance Group’s productions. He’s also choreographed for Seattle Musical Theatre’s Suessical the Musical Jr and has performed in several local musicals, plays, and dance productions. His love is teaching youth and coaching them in their endeavors in the arts and hopes to bring more opportunities for young dancers and performers. In addition to theatre and the arts, Alex spends his free time rock climbing, biking, and backpacking as mountains and the ocean are not native to this Iowan.  He’s super excited to be working with new talent and eager students.

 

Alyssa Taubin is so excited to return to Seattle Children’s Theatre after a having a fantastic time as their musical direction intern for 2015 summer season. Alyssa is both a musical director and composer who moved to Seattle in 2015 from Beloit, Wisconsin, where she got her BA in Musical Direction for the Theatre and went on to music direct for the Beloit College Department of Theatre, Dance, and Media Studies. Locally, she has worked with Youth Theatre Northwest, Second Story Rep, and Studio East. Additionally she has music directed for Beloit Memorial High School, the Beloit Independent Theatre Experience, and Far Corners Musical Theatre in Monteverde, Costa Rica. She also composed and produced the full length musical Dreamers in 2014, which follows the story of an undocumented immigrant trying to find her place in the world.

 

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Amber Wolfe is a performer and teacher based in Seattle.  Amber teaches a variety of theatrical arts, two favorites are physical comedy and stage combat. She currently teaches for Northwest Montessori School at Woodland Park. Other teaching credits:  Silver Kite Community Arts, The Northwest School, Centrum, Seattle Public Theatre, Youth Theatre Northwest, and Rainier Valley Youth Theatre.


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Amy Jurkiewicz works as a Teaching Artist throughout Seattle and is thrilled to be returning to SCT after previously completing their Drama School internship and Teaching Artist Apprentice program! As a California native, she has worked with children's theatres in various cities throughout the state, as well as in Charlotte, North Carolina as an educator and director. She has been active in theatre from a young age, and still enjoys the thrill of being on stage, but has found her true calling in theatre for youth. She is currently working on getting her Masters degree in Theatre Education. Having experienced first-hand the positive impact that theatre educators can have on their students, she is excited to be that influence to her students here in Seattle!


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Andrew R. Coopman is a new teaching artist, director, actor, and improvisor to the Seattle area, and couldn’t be more excited to be following his dreams in the theatre scene in the Emerald City, especially at the Seattle Children’s Theatre! In 2012, he received his BA degrees in Theatre- Performance and Community Based Theatre from Whitworth University and completed his MA at New York University-Steinhardt in Educational Theatre in Colleges and Communities, with an emphasis in youth theatre production and applied theatre in 2014. Previously, Andrew has worked with Missoula Children’s Theatre as a touring Actor and Director, and was a teaching artist in the New York city area at Opening Act and Stages on the Sound. He couldn’t be more thrilled to be joining the teaching artist teams at Seattle Children’s Theatre, Studio East, and Village Theatre-Issaquah, and directing The Little Mermaid at Kitsap Forest Theatre and Willy Wonka at Studio East. His teaching and theatrical passions include acting, improv, directing, creative storytelling and movement, process drama, musical theatre, stage combat, and dance.  


Andrew  Mc Masters

Andrew McMasters is a business owner, actor, director, trainer, and presenter who has been working nationally and internationally for over 25 years. He is Artistic Director of Jet City Improv, a company he founded in 1992. Besides teaching and acting, he also conducts workshops using the concepts of improvisational theater to improve communication and teamwork. McMasters has a BA in Theater from Temple University and a MFA in Drama from the University of Washington, as well as a certificate in Arts Management. 


Angela  Rinaldi

Angela Rinaldi has been a Teaching Artist at Seattle Children's Theatre since 2003, teaching musical theatre classes, and has over twenty five years experience in the theatrical arts, touring extensively throughout the States and Canada as an actor/director with Missoula Children's Theatre, Prairie Fire Theatre and One Reel.  She is currently music directing and choreographing Beauty and the Beast at Bellevue High School and most recently Willy Wonka and Once Upon a Mattress at Chinook Middle School,  as well as Wizard of Oz at St. Catherine’s.  Angela directed Seattle Children’s Theatre's summer season production of Once on This Island, Jr. in 2009 and Beauty and the Beast, Jr. at Wilder Elementary School.

 Anita  Kuroiwa

Anita Kuroiwa, who is currently on the faculty of Seattle Children's Theatre, founded the dance program at Seattle Academy (and currently teaches there), in addition to running the dance program for Seattle Central Community College.  She is Artistic Director of “SAAS Dance Project”, a children’s dance company (grades 6 - 12). She has performed, choreographed and taught dance for the past thirty years in the greater Northwest.  Originally from Chicago, Ill., Ms. Kuroiwa began her training with the Chicago City Ballet.  Since then she has trained with Hubbard Street Dance Theatre, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, and Pacific NorthWest Ballet.  Ms. Kuroiwa yearly travels to France where she does additional training with the Paris International School of Dance.


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A teaching artist since 2005, Ann Marie Caldwell is passionate about arts education. After earning her BA in Theatre from the University of Puget Sound, Ann Marie completed the SCT Teaching Artist Summer Internship and School Year Apprenticeship and the WSAC-sponsored Teaching Artist Training Lab.  Ann Marie is the Education Director for Monkey Works, a collaborative playwrighting residency program with Macha Monkey Productions and is the Education Programs Assistant and a teaching artist for Pacific Northwest Ballet's community education programs.  

 

Anne Allgood has appeared as an actress and singer on stages across the US and Europe, from Broadway (Carousel, The Most Happy Fella, The Sound of Music, Beauty and the Beast, Imaginary Friends), to National and International Tours (Evita, Parade, Urinetown, Floyd Collins), to opera companies (Portland Opera, Eugene Opera), to regional theaters coast to coast — as well as in starring roles at every major Seattle theatre.  (She has over a dozen credits at the 5th Avenue Theatre and a dozen more at ACT Theatre; numerous appearances at Seattle Rep, Intiman, SCT, Village.)  She’s taught voice and song interpretation for the 5th Avenue Theatre, Icicle Creek Theatre Festival, Village Theatre's KIDSTAGE, and Seattle Children’s Theatre’s Young Actor Institute, and is a Master Faculty Member at The Studios.  She also teaches privately in her own studio.  

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Beth Pollack is thrilled to be back for another adventure at SCT! A graduate of SCT's Apprenticeship Program, Beth was also a Drama School Intern (Summer 2014) and Drama School student. As a performer, she has been involved in various classical, contemporary, and devised pieces in New York and Seattle. As an educator, Beth has worked with New York’s Mad and Merry Theatre Company, Seattle’s Young Shakespeare Workshop, The 5th Avenue Theater, and ACT Theatre. Beth holds a BA in Theatre Studies and the Historicization of Dramatic Literature from NYU's Gallatin School of Individualized Study and would be happy to explain exactly what that means.


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Brandon Peck is so excited to be apart of Lion King Jr!
Favorite previous Music Director credits: First Date at Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre; South Pacific,  9 to 5Jesus Christ Superstar and Legally Blonde at Seattle Musical Theatre, Kiss of the Spider Woman at Second Story Rep, Associate Music Director for the Main Street New Musical Festival;Young FrankensteinHairspray, and Legally Blonde at Nathan Hale High School.  Additionally, He teaches music theatre classes with Village Theatre’s Kidstage program and Seattle Children's Theatre.  Brandon holds a BA in Theatre Performance from the U of WA. 


Britt  Boyd 

Britt Boyd grew up in the audience at Seattle Children's Theatre and is delighted to teach here as a grown-up!  She joined the faculty in 2004 as an apprentice after earning a BA from the University of Washington.  In addition to her work at SCT, she has served as a teaching artist for a number of theaters and schools in the Pacific Northwest.  Professionally she’s appeared on stages around the country, including the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall.  Britt loves swashbuckling, musical theatre, and exclamation points – all of which might appear during her classes!

 

Carly Squires Hutchison is a Seattle native who grew up seeing shows, taking classes, and even performing at SCT and she is super stoked to be back this summer! You may have seen her choreography last summer in Urinetown or perhaps some of her work as Choreography Assistant/Intern in Little Mermaid Jr. or Spamalot the summer before. Carly has also assisted on several musical theatre classes at SCT. Outside of SCT, Carly has taught/assisted dance and musical theatre classes with Backstage Dance Studio, Central Washington University (CWU), Spectrum Dance Theatre, CardioTapNYC, and has choreographed at Issaquah Middle School and Liberty High School. A graduate of CWU, Carly holds a BFA in Musical Theatre and Minor in Dance Performance. Working with students is one of Carly's favorite things and she loves being able to share her love of theatre with them, and she hopes they will love it just like she did. 



Carol  Roscoe 

Carol Roscoe is an actor, director and educator. Winner of a Gregory Award for Outstanding Actress, Carol has acted at Intiman, Seattle Shakespeare, ACT Theater, and SCT, among others. Film includes Gamers:Dorkness RisingThe Dark Horse, and The Whole Truth. She has directed at Theater Shmeater, ArtsWest Playhouse, Seattle Public Theater, Book-It Repertory, Book It All Over, Seattle Chidlren’s Theater Drama School, Seattle Shakespeare Company Short Shakes, The University of Puget Sound, and Cornish College of the Arts. She teaches for Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle Children’s theater and privately. Carol holds an  M.F.A in Classical Acting from the Shakespeare Theater at George Washington University, and a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Chicago, and is a certified yoga instructor.


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Chelsea LeValley was hooked by theater in 4th grade when she started writing plays at recess and organizing a small troupe that performed for the elementary school. She is passionate about student voice and positive, affirming environments for bold choices in the classroom. She's been teaching and directing students ages 3-20 since 2011. Chelsea is a former TAD and trainer with Missoula Children's Theater and participated in the Seattle Children’s Theater Drama School apprentice program from 2013-2014. Training: BFA in Music Theater with a concentration in leadership and directing from Elon University (2011); La Academia dell’arte in Arezzo, Italy; Howard Fine Studios in LA; LAB Company with Hangar Theater in Ithaca, NY. Since moving to Seattle in 2013, Chelsea has been performed with Seattle Children’s Theater, 5th Avenue Theater, Seattle Repertory Theater, ArtsWest Playhouse, Village Theater, Intiman Theater Festival, Stage Right (footlight award!) and ACT central heating lab, and others. Since March 2015 she has been developing a dramatic arts program for a not-for-profit company called foundry10. Jeremiah 29:11.


Dana  Mitchell

Dana Mitchell has recently completed the SCT apprenticeship program and is thrilled to be a teaching artist this summer. She has a BA in Theatre from Samford University and an MA in Theology, Imagination, and the Arts from The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology. She loves to see students grow into braver artists and more loving human beings through the practice of theatre. When not at SCT, she works as an independent teaching artist around town and as a staff member with STAGEright Theatre. She is also a collector of funny voices and gluten free dessert recipes. If you have one, please share!

 

Dave Baldwin has been working in local theater for the last 30 years.  He is a graduate of Cornish College of the Arts and on the staff of SCT as a season carpenter.  In addition to working as a lighting and set designer for small theaters are town, Dave also is a teacher of Stage Craft for the theater department of The Northwest School, where he has been on faculty for the last three years.  


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Duncan Frost is excited for another fantastic year of SCT camps and classes! He has spent the last decade working in theaters across the country as a teaching artist, actor, director and audition coach, including recent productions with Seattle Children’s Theatre, Village Theatre and Key City Public Theatre. Before coming home to the Pacific Northwest, Duncan spent 8 years as a MinneSOHtan, working with Children’s Theatre Company and studying acting with the U of M/Guthrie Theatre BFA Actor Training Program, where he received his undergraduate degree. Duncan enjoys SCUBA diving, snowboarding, the color orange and spending time with his family and their funny little dog, Arthur.


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Emily Veling is passionate about sharing her love for the performing arts with others, and is delighted to work as a Teaching Artist for Seattle Children's Theatre! Her background with SCT also includes working as a Drama School intern and Summer Season choreographer. Emily has spent the past four years teaching Dance, 1st Grade, and 2nd Grade at Schmitz Park Elementary and will be teaching 4th Grade this Fall. She enjoys infusing the performing arts in her classroom whenever possible as well as choreographing productions for schools around Seattle. Emily holds a BA in History and Theatre from University of Puget Sound and a Master in Teaching degree from Seattle University. She draws on her educational background, lifelong dance/theatre training, and past work for Disneyland Entertainment to create energizing and inspiring theatrical experiences for youth. 


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Emuna David is thrilled to be teaching with SCT again this summer. She has taught acting and creative drama classes with SCT and Bainbridge Performing Arts. Emuna completed SCT's Teaching Apprenticeship during the 2014-2015 school year. She received her BA in Theatre from Smith College and is grateful for the opportunity to be teaching theatre to all ages!

 

Eric Bradler is excited to be joining the SCT team again this summer.  His diversified music background began in Colorado where he was a lecturer in music theory and aural skills at the University of Denver. He is a versatile accompanist that performs regularly on organ, piano, and accordion.  Yes accordion!  He currently teaches kindergarten through eighth grade music at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Parish School and is the principle accompanist and organist at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church. His previous music directing credits include Annie Jr., Guys and Dolls Jr., Seussical Jr., Willy Wonka Jr., Into the Woods Jr., Beauty and the Beast Jr., and The Music Man Jr.  He has performed with a variety of ensembles including the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, The Cabrillo Festival Orchestra, Opera Colorado, Denver Opera, OLF Baroque Orchestra, and the Da Vinci String Quartet. 


Eric  Johnson 

Eric Johnson has been sharing the magic of movement with young people for 23 years.  During the school year he teaches 550 children weekly in 31 classes in both public and private schools.  He leads teacher workshops nationally for the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.


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Eve Hammond has worked as a Theatre Arts Educator for the past 20 years stating with her internship at SCT in 1996.  She has worked for Seattle Public Schools in positions at Hawthorne Elementary School, Denny International and Chief Sealth High School.  She did her first show at age 10 when she was cast as a lost boy in "Peter Pan". Since then she has never been without a project or other.  She did years of Community theatre in Boise, ID, moved to Washington State and attended and graduated with an English and Theatre Arts Bachelor of Arts degree from The Evergreen State College in 1990.  She added Her teaching certificate and a Masters in Teaching degree in 1992. Since that time she has taught for Seattle Children's Theatre, Youth Theatre Northwest, Studio East and was the Artistic Director of Northshore Networks Youth theatre, teaching acting and technical theatre classes and producing shows for Northshore School District.  She directed "The Odyssey", "You're A Good Man Charlie Brown" and  a SciFi version of "The Tempest" for Stone Soup Theatre in Seattle.


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Faith Howes is a theatre educator and performer based in Seattle. A graduate of Emerson College with a BA in Theatre Education and Performance, she has performed with Missoula Children's Theatre, SecondStory Rep, Storybook Theatre, STAGEright Theatre and Cafe Nordo. A certified Washington State Theatre Arts teacher, she did her student teaching at Woodstock International School in Mussoorie, India. She teaches locally with SCT, Disney Musicals in Schools, Youth Theatre Northwest, KIDSTAGE Everett, and Foundry10, as well as many local schools. Faith is pursuing a career in arts education and outreach, as well as Theatre for Young Audiences. 


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Geoffrey Alm has been teaching at SCT since 1989. He teaches Stage Fighting at Cornish College for the Arts, and The Professional Actor's Training program at The University of Washington. 


Gillian

Gillian Jorgensen is a Seattle-­based teaching artist and playwright with 20 years experience, specializing in devised work, building ensemble, and creative drama. In addition to SCT’s Drama School, she works regularly with Queen Anne Elementary, Book-­it All Over!, Youth Theatre Northwest, and Seattle Public Theater. As a playwright, she has adapted numerous works, including The Wizard of OzMy Father's DragonOutside Over There, and Mouse Soup. Her original works include No Way Out, The Nut-Brown Girl, My Pet and My Dead Pet, and multiple seasons of YTN's Haunted Forest series and Annex Theatre's Ghosty series. Upcoming productions include Tigery and Heavens-to-Betsey Get Lost in the Salad Bar and The Mozart Effect: Meowr Petesa with Seattle Public Theater. Gillian holds a BS in Theatre from Northwestern University, but that hasn't stopped her from skating as "Madeleine Str'angle" with PFM Roller Derby. 

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Hana Christenson received her BFA in Theatre Performance from the University of Colorado, Boulder. While in Colorado, she acted, directed, and danced with many companies, including the Colorado Shakespeare Festival where she also taught Camp Shakespeare. She is positively chuffed to return to teach Potions and Shipwrecked, which she assisted with last summer. Her favourite animal is a giraffe and loves Shakespeare more than pistachio ice cream (also her favourite). She hopes you love this camp as much as her kitty loves sitting on Hana’s head.

 

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Hattie Andres is an SCT Drama School alumna and Seattle-based director, choreographer, actor, producer, and educator. Locally, she has worked extensively with Seattle Repertory Theatre, The 5th Avenue Theatre, Seattle Children's Theatre, Youth Theatre Northwest, Seattle Theatre Group/Disney Musicals in Schools, One Coast Collaboration, Washington Ensemble Theatre, Live Girls! Theatre, 14/48: The World's Quickest Theatre Project, ArtsWest Playhouse, and Playing in Progress. Hattie holds a B.A. in Theatre and Management Studies from St. Olaf College and is a proud co-founder of Seattle's Young Americans' Theatre Company, now in its 9th season. 

 

Ian  Jagel

Ian Jagel Ian’s work focuses on physical expression, from stillness to acrobatics.  Having received training in physical theatre from the Ecole Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq in Paris, Ian explores the potential of acrobatic movement in narrative performance.  This will be Ian’s fourth year with Seattle Children’s Theatre where he completed the Teaching Artist Fellowship program in 2013.  Elsewhere, Ian teaches Clowning and Acrobatics for Teatro Zinzanni and is also the Social Circus Program Director at the School of Acrobatics and New Circus Arts (SANCA). 

 

Jane  Ryan

Jane Ryan is happy to be teaching at SCT, a place she holds near and dear to her heart. She appeared in many SCT productions including Treasure Island, Mrs. Wiggle-Wiggle, Alice in Wonderland, The Hardy Boys, Charlotte’s Web, Kenny’s Window, and Pippi Longstocking.  A veteran of many Seattle stages, Jane also directs and teaches theatre for all ages. She has enjoyed working with students at SCT, UW School of Drama, Northwest School, Lakeside School, and many public schools in and around Seattle. Jane has written and directed a number of plays for SCT’s Summerstage program. Her husband, Clark Sandford, builds scenery for SCT plays!

 

Jeff Hogan has been performing and teaching since he was in high school.  He has performed at theatres across the country, including the Colorado Shakespeare Festival, Walt Disney World/EPCOT Center, and the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire.  He has taught classes for most of the areas high schools and was the founder of the High School TheatreSports Tournament.  He is also the drama teacher for Billings Middle school in Greenlake.


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Jessica Low is a Seattle based director, choreographer, performer and educator with a Bachelor of Arts in Drama from the University of Washington.  Credits include work at The 5th Avenue, Village Theatre, Arizona Theatre Company, Harlequin Productions, ArtsWest, Sound Theatre Company, Showtunes, Capital Playhouse, Seattle Musical Theatre, Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre, Centerstage, Bainbridge Performing Arts and The Bigfork Summer Playhouse.  She was the 2014 Gregory Award recipient for Outstanding Choreography for The Wild Party. As an educator Jessica works with Village Theatre KIDSTAGE, Youth Theatre Northwest, Studio East and Sing Out Seattle.

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Josh Darby has worked in children’s theatre as a teaching artist, actor, writer and director in Seattle, Los Angles and the Tri-Cities since 2005. Josh loves to work with kids of all ages and teaching theater arts to the next generation is a true passion. He is a graduate of CWU (2008) with a BA in Theatre Arts: Youth Drama, SCT Teaching Apprentice Program (2013-14) and Columbia College of Hollywood (2011) emphasis in Acting for the Camera. Along with teaching with SCT, Josh has been working with the Academy of Children’s Theatre in Richland, WA as its artistic director,  directing 2 improv groups and serving as a teaching artist for their Pre-K program and 4th-6th after school acting program. He couldn’t be more psyched to keeping working with and learning from the great people, families and students of SCT! And as always Josh is a proud member of Hufflepuff House! Josh is excited to be directing Sherlock Holmes and 101 Dalmatians/The Aristocats with ACT (Richland) this coming year!

 

Julia Thornton is thrilled to be working at Seattle Children’s Theatre for the first time this summer! She is a music director, teacher, and pianist and has music directed both youth and professional shows all over the Seattle area at a wide range of theatres, high schools, middle schools, and theatre education programs. Previously she has taught extensively at Village Theatre’s KIDSTAGE teaching both musical theatre singing classes and MDing shows such as Beauty and the Beast Jr, Young Frankenstein, and Godspell and has an active private teaching studio in Seattle where she teaches both piano and voice. Her students have been seen onstage at SCT, The 5th Avenue Theatre, Village Theatre, and more. Other recent work includes MDing Hairspray (Kentridge High School), The Last 5 Years (SSR), Into the Woods (STAGEright- Gregory Award Winner for Best Production), Assistant MDing Violet at ArtsWest, and more.  

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Karina Garcia is a recent graduate of Western Washington University where she received her BA in Theatre with concentrations in acting and education. While at Western, she had the opportunity to teach with the Neighborhood Playhouse and S.Y.T.I. as well as perform at elementary school throughout the Pacific Northwest as an ensemble member for M.O.T.ley. As a theatre artist Karina has trained in Suzuki, viewpoints, Commedia dell'arte and Shakespeare. In addition to teaching, Karina has also started a theatre company with fellow theatre graduates called Wanderlost Laboratory Theatre. 


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Kate Drummond completed the SCT Teaching Apprenticeship in May 2015, after a great summer as the Young Actor Institute Intern. She has a BA in Drama from Washington University in St. Louis, where she explored acting and directing, and developed a specialized interest in Shakespearean verse. Since moving to Seattle, she has performed with Jet City Improv, Unexpected Productions, and several independent improv groups. Kate teaches for several organizations besides SCT, including Bainbridge Performing Arts, Salmon Bay School, and Seattle Shakespeare Company's Short Shakes program. When not teaching or performing, Kate can be found in working at SCT in Patron Services. 


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Kate Jaeger is active in Seattle as a director, actor, and educator.  Last year she directed Medieval Mayhem for the SCT summer season.  You may have also seen her on the SCT mainstage in Art Dog.  Kate has also directed for Book-It, ArtsWest, Village Theatre Originals and Balagan Theatre.

 

Kate Myre received her MFA in Acting from Brandeis University. Selected Regional acting credits include: Rosalind in As You Like It, Helen in Baby With The Bath Water, Ann in All my Sons, Elsa in The Road to Mecca, Gremio in Taming of the Shrew and as Lady MacBeth. She had the honor of meeting Arthur Miller and performing the role of Patricia in his play The Last Yankee.  With the assistance of Mr. Miller, Kate was brought to New York to recreate the role for the Signature Theatre Company under the direction of Joseph Chaikin.  Kate is a founding member of Operating Theater, a theater company in residency at Cornish College of the Arts which is dedicated to collaborative work with peers and students in an environment of transparency and investigation. She has worked with the Seattle Children’s Theatre, Seattle Opera’s Young Artist Training Program, ACT, Seattle Public Theater, The Village Theatre, Borealis Theater, The Tacoma Actors Guild, The Immediate Theatre, Toast Theatre, Vocal Arts Northwest, and The Boston Repertory Theatre. She is a Professor at Cornish College of the Arts where she has had the pleasure of teaching voice and speech teacher for 17 years. Kate works nationally as a commercial actress/voice talent, and is a member of Actor’s Equity and AFTRA/SAG.

 Katheryn  Reed

Katheryn Reed has been the Dance Instructor for SCT's Young Actor's Institute for the past 6 summers. She has enjoyed building each summer's program to the class that helps shape it. Taking each summer's challenges and finding new ways to look at dance and how approachable it can be. She recently performed to sold out shows at the ACT Theatre, and Nordo's Culinarium. Katheryn has also enjoyed Choreographing for The Acrobatic Conundrum's "Love and Gravity," a nationally touring circus show. She recently finished the School of Acrobatics and New Circus Arts Pre Professional Program and is looking forward to incorporating her new skills into the classroom.


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Kate Wisniewski is an actor, teacher, coach and voice over artist. As an actor she has appeared in Seattle area theatre at Intiman, ACT, Seattle Shakespeare Co., Book-It Repertory Theatre, Empty Space, Tacoma Actors Guild, New Century Theatre and New City Theatre and regionally at The American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge, MA. As a teacher and vocal coach she has worked with lawyers, business professionals, athletes, actors and performers, and college and high school students. She is passionate about sharing her belief that a flexible, efficient and responsive voice enables you to accurately pursue your intentions and stay true to the meaning of what you are trying to communicate. She is a graduate of the American Repertory Theatre Institute at Harvard and is on the faculty of Seattle University where she teaches acting, Shakespeare and voice. Kate is a founding member of upstart crow, an all-female Shakespeare company in Seattle.

 


 

Keni  Cohen

Keni Cohen has over 35 years of experience in the theatre world, as a director, actor, mime, clown and educator. He has combined his love for the theatre with his curiosity of the world’s many cultures by creating his own ensembles in France, Portugal, Brazil, and New Mexico. For seven years Keni was the artistic director of the highly acclaimed teen ensemble “Theatre of Urgency”. While artist in residence in New Mexico, he taught over 70 residencies for all grade levels, and worked for the “Santa Fe Children’s Museum” where he created twelve original family shows. Keni has worked as an actor in classical, contemporary and experimental plays. Keni has worked for SCT as a teaching artist for the last 16 years and 7 years as a summer season play director.

 

 

Kimberly Dare is thrilled to be spending her summer at Seattle Children’s Theatre with the education department serving as the Music Director. Career favorites include: Altar Boyz (Seattle Musical Theatre); Spring Awakening (Balagan Theatre); Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog (Balagan Theatre at ACT); Evil Dead the Musical (ArtsWest), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Contemporary Classics/RK Productions), I Love You Because (Centerstage Theatre), A...My Name Will Always Be Alice (Redwood Theatre), Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka (SCT), Mulan Jr. (SCT), New Voices 7 & 8 (Contemporary Classics).

 

Lauren  Appel

Lauren Appel has been a teaching artist with SCT since 2003. In addition to her work at SCT, Lauren currently manages Arts Connect, a program for court-involved girls in Pierce County run by Hilltop Artists, and integrates theatre into the classroom curriculum in the Highline School District through Arts Corps' Creative Schools Initiative. She has worked at many cultural institutions in Seattle and New York including Youth Theatre Northwest, Rubin Museum of Art, Abrons Arts Center, and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. She holds a BA in theater from Smith College and a MSEd in Museum Education from Bank Street College of Education.


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Lauryn Hochberg is a performer and teaching artist based out of the PNW. She teaches regularly Seattle Children’s Theater, Powerful Schools, Seattle Shakespeare Company and specializes in early childhood development, creative drama, and creating curriculum for individual learning enrichment plans. She has performed regionally with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Sebastopol Shakespeare Festival, Book-It Repertory Theater, Strawberry Theater Workshop, Theater Schmeater, and Annex Theater.


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Lisa Moncur is thrilled to be a teaching artist with Seattle Children's Theatre! Lisa is a recent transplant to the Seattle area from Utah where she studied Theatre with an emphasis in Children's Theatre at Brigham Young University. While there, she toured with BYU Young Company performing shows with and running creative workshops for thousands of children. Lisa also worked as a theatre outreach specialist with BYU Arts Bridge. Lisa completed SCT's Education Internship and Teaching Apprenticeship programs and has loved the creative possibilities that come from empowering children at SCT to utilize their amazing imaginations to explore and create. When she's not doing theatre, Lisa loves reading, playing tennis and pickleball, and going on adventures with her husband and baby boy.

 

Madeline Winward is very excited to return to the Children's Theater as a teaching artist! As a stage combat choreographer she has taught one-day seminars, as well as having her choreography featured in last year's summer season production of Dracula.  She can't wait to meet all her future actor-combatants this summer.

 

Maria Dogero believes in the power of play, particularly the power of dramatic play, and is thrilled to be teaching at SCT after interning in 2012. She studied Child Development at Stanford University and spent two years teaching at Bing Nursery School, Stanford’s lab preschool. She is a founding member of Flying Treehouse Children’s Theatre Company and has performed with many improv groups in the Bay Area and Seattle. She currently teaches Creative Movement and Music at a preschool and elementary school in Bellevue.

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Matt Giles is a director, music director, actor, teacher, and producer in the Seattle area. His Seattle directing credits include Peter and the Starcatcher (Coeur d'Alene Summer Theatre), Into the Woods (STAGEright, Gregory Award-Outstanding Musical), The Last Five Years (SecondStory Repertory), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Seattle Musical Theatre) and others. He has also worked with 5th Avenue Theatre and Village Theatre and is the Associate Producing Director at Seattle Repertory Theatre. Prior to his move to Seattle, Matt was the Artistic and Education Director at Spartanburg Youth Theatre.

 

Matt  Wolfe

Matt Wolfe brings 19 years and a broad range of experience in the professional performing arts to his passion for teaching. He has worked as an actor in musicals, plays, commercials, and voice-over and has worked as a director, writer, and theatre educator. Most recently, Matt has directed a production of West Side Story at Bigfork Summer Playhouse, performed as Cornelius in the National Tour ofHello Dolly starring Sally Struthers, and appeared on Broadway in the premiere of Scandalous: The Life and Trials of Aimee Semple McPherson. He helped workshop and appeared in leading roles in world premieres of children’s classics like Goodnight Moon and Richard Scarry’s Busytown at Seattle Children’s Theatre which are now performed all over the United States.

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Megan Collins is so delighted to play, act and imagine with SCT Drama School this summer! Megan recently completed the Teaching Artist Apprenticeship program, as well as the Drama School Internship here at SCT. Before moving to Seattle, Megan studied at Loyola University Chicago where she had the privilege of working with wonderful Chicago theatre companies such as Adventure Stage Chicago and Lookingglass Theatre Company.  A native of Minneapolis, Minnesota, Megan grew up performing and serving as an intern and teaching assist at the Children’s Theatre Company and Stages Theatre Company.


 

Mercedes Diggs has been a teaching artist for the Seattle Children's Theatre since 2002. She has brought synergy to schools and community centers all over the region for SCT, British American Youth Festival Theatre, Powerful Schools, and UW Education Outreach, helping young people find and express their creative best. Mercedes has an M.A. in Teaching from the University of Washington, where she also studied Theater, and has a performance background in musical theater and improv. She's currently working on a comedy called The Mamalogues, running at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center. During off-hours, Mercedes can be found solving logic problems and riding the zipline at Lincoln Park.

 

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Meredith Berlin, lead teacher of the CAST  program,  has enjoyed teaching SCT drama school students of every age and level for over twenty years.   She has performed as an actor and dancer on stages in Seattle and Washington DC.   She  is also a director, choreographer, and is the author of The Ghost Light Kids Get Hooked, an adventure inspired by her experiences behind the scenes at SCT and other theaters.   Meredith has received grants from both the Seattle and King County Arts Commissions.  She has two children, ages 17 and 20.

 

Michael Loggins

Michael Loggins is an accomplished Actor, Singer, Instructor and Coach. At Seattle Talent he teaches On-Camera Acting for Commercials, Television and Film as well as Improvisation, Cold Reading and Auditioning. He also designs and coaches: Dialects/Accents for performance, Accent Adjustment for Business Speakers, as well as Speaking Voice, Acting, Auditioning, Improvisation and Stage Combat training for individuals, theatres and schools throughout the Northwest. Locally he has worked with: Book-It Repertory Theatre, ACT, Theatre Schmeater, Seattle Children’s Theatre (Mainstage Dialect Coach), CHAC, The Empty Space, Taproot Theatre, Seattle University, Cornish, The Northwest School, Tacoma Actors Guild, The Group Theatre and Arts West. He received his BA in Theatre from NTSU- University of North Texas. He trained in England at LAMDA- London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts. He also trained with Gail Cronauer at SMU, and with Robin Smith and Mark Jenkins at Freehold.


 

Michael Massey is a Stage Manager and Teaching Artist for technical theatre in the Seattle area. Previously, Michael has taught stage management and technical courses with Salmon Bay Middle School, The Northwest School, Cornish, Seattle Children’s Theatre, and UT Austin. Selected stage management credits: Blood/Water/Paint (Live Girls! Theater), Fast Company (Pork Filled Productions) La Fuente Ovejuna (Cornish), The Clay Duke (Dayna Hanson, dir/chor), The Walworth Farce (New Century), James and the Giant Peach and the Production Stage Manager for Summer Season (Seattle Children’s Theatre). Michael holds a BA from The University of Texas at Austin.

 

Michael  Place

Michael Place is a Brooklyn based theatre artist originally from Seattle, Washington. As an actor, credits include: Clybourne Park (Cincinnati Playhouse), Romeo and Juliet, Hedda Gabler, Miracle! (Intiman Theatre), The Ocean All Around Us (Portland Center Stage), Myra’s War, The Water Station, Suite for Strangers (Pacific Performance Project/East), The Outsiders, The Neverending Story (Seattle Children’s Theatre), Romeo and Juliet, Merchant of Venice, Much Ado About Nothing (Seattle Shakespeare Company), Bud, Not Buddy (Book-It Repertory Theatre), Madama Butterfly (Opera Omaha) and ten productions with Washington Ensemble Theatre where he was a founding artistic director and where he also directed The Mistakes Madeline Made and Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo. Michael is an associate artist with P3/East, was a co-artistic director of the Yale Cabaret and is the founding artistic producer of One Coast Collaboration, an annual new play lab connecting national playwrights with Seattle based theatre companies. Michael is a member of the Intiman Collective, holds a BA from the University of Washington and an MFA from the Yale School of Drama. 

 

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In drama true Rachael LeValley is a pirate, a dinosaur, and whatever other awesome things she and her students think up. In real true Rachael is a teaching artist with a BA in theatre from Western Washington University. She is super excited to be a part of this summer's SCT faculty. Rachael grew up taking classes from SCT including YAI ('08). She also trained with SCT as a Drama School Summer Intern ('13) and an Apprentice Teacher ('13/14). Rachael works with several other local theaters including Bainbridge Performing Arts and Book-It Repertory Theatre. 

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Rhonda J. Soikowski has been acting, directing, and generating new work in collaborative process for more than 20 years. She holds an MFA in Contemporary Performance from Naropa University and a BFA in Acting Original Works from Cornish College of the Arts where she is currently on Faculty in the Theater Department. Other teaching credentials include work with Seattle Film Institute, Naropa University BFA Performance, The Studios Seattle, and Freehold Theater Studio Lab. She pioneered Emotional Exit Strategy for artists engaging heightened emotional energy in their work, and is currently involved in research and development for performance pedagogy with her organization, soikowski research | performance.

 


Rob Martin has a B.A. in Theatre from Whitworth University and has been working with children in school, theatre, outdoor recreation, and childcare environments for over twenty years.  He is proud to be a former SCT Education Intern and Teaching Apprentice.  Rob is also a professional actor and is the Director of Improv at Taproot Theatre Company.  He teaches theatre to students of all ages, including specialized improv classes for students with Early Stage Memory Loss.  As a father of three boys, Rob is using his drama and improv skills in more ways than he ever could have imagined!

 

Scott Koh has been a theater educator in Seattle for over 20 years. As Managing/Artistic Director of Seattle’s G.A.P. Theater Company, he wrote, directed and performed in plays dealing with complex social issues, touring schools, businesses and government agencies throughout the West Coast. As Education Director at the Seattle Repertory Theater, Scott was instrumental in co-creating the Teaching Artist Training Lab and Bringing Theater into the Classroom, a professional development workshop for classroom teachers.Scott’s work as an actor and director in Seattle has been seen at Seattle Shakespeare Company, Book-It Repertory Theater, Northwest Asian American Theatre and Theater Schmeater and the Seattle Children's Theatre. Scott is a graduate of Boston University’s College of Fine Arts.

 

 

Sheila Daniels has been teaching with YAI since 2002, and for the last 3 years has had the great good fortune to be co-director with her treasured colleague, Alban Dennis. Sheila’s work as a director has been seen at SCT in Jackie and Me and According to Coyote. Other directing credits include work at Intiman, ACT, Seattle Rep, Seattle Shakespeare Company, Strawberry Theatre Workshop, Seattle Public Theatre and others. She taught for many years at Cornish College of the Arts, and is constantly inspired by the work of her students everywhere who are shaping and shifting the face of theatre around the world.

 

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Tara Kaine is passionate about the opportunities that theater brings to young people especially at SCT. When teaching or directing, she prioritizes the students’ ideas and leadership, building a community that honors each individual. Tara received her teacher training at the University of Toronto with a specialist in drama education in urban schools. Over the last 9 years, she has taught theater and directed shows with children ages 18 months to 18 years, in schools and communities from the Bahamas, to California. She is thrilled to continue her work as part of this inspiring and creative community. 

 

 

Therese Henning Sloss began teaching for Seattle Children’s Theatre in 2001. She was lucky enough to land a last-minute position as a summer intern in 2000 and had Karen Sharp as her very first mentor teacher for Story Drama. She has also taught at Village Theatre, Youth Theatre Northwest, Northwest Actor’s Studio, and Cornish College of the Arts. As the drama specialist at area schools, Therese has directed and choreographed several plays including Peter Pan, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat, Alice in Wonderland, and The Tempest. Therese has a BFA in Acting from Fredonia State University.

 

Zoey Cane Belyea is so excited to return to SCT this summer. After a long history as a drama school student, Zoey began assisting with SCT in 2010, did her internship in 2011, and spent the summer of 2012 as a counselor for discovery day camps. In 2012-2013 she was in residence at Madrona K-8 as an AmeriCorps member developing new frameworks for arts integration. Since then she's been living and creating original work in Austin, TX where she also teaches all ages from K-12. She teaches acting and scene study at The Zach Scott, and teaches many programs with The Paramount Academy for the Arts including Literacy to Life, STEM through the Arts, and The Youth Theatre Company. 


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